via Vientiane Times, 01 April 2018:
The Department of Heritage and international organisations met here this week to discuss ongoing projects to conserve and restore the temple ruins at Vat Phou Champassak.
The ancient temple’s protection and preservation must be undertaken to maintain its listing as a UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) world heritage site.
Source: Govt, int’l partners review conservation of Vat Phou Champassak | Vientiane Times
A large stone sculpture dating to the 7th century has been discovered near the Wat Phu complex of Southern Laos. The nature of the artefact is uncertain, but from the description of the shape it sounds like a lintel.
Pre-Angkorian archaeological treasure sees light in southern Laos
Xinhua, 18 March 2015
A large 7th century artifact described as one of the most significant archaeological items ever found in Laos has been unearthed at a world heritage site in the country’s south, local media reported Wednesday.
The discovery was made during archaeological excavations at Phou Kao, a mountain site associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Vat Phou complex in the southern province of Champassak, state-run media Vientiane Times reported.
The piece, featuring carvings of figures from Hindu mythology, measures 2.2 meters by 90 centimeters wide.
The 22-cm-thick sculpture was located under a 20-cm layer of debris
Full story here.
A travel piece on Wat Phu in Laos and some other Buddhist temples in Pakse.
Climbing Khmer temple complex in Laos
Vientiane Times, via ANN/Cambodia Herald, 04 September 2014
Mark from the All Points East Travel blog writes about Nang Sida, a ruined temple just walking distance from the more famous, world-heritage listed Wat Phu in Laos.
Nang Sida would probably have been quite an impressive little temple in it’s day but is now in a rather sad state with the totally collapsed main tower now being impressive just for the sheer size of the pile of fallen sandstone blocks: it must have been a pretty tall tower when still standing! The eastern entrance porch, to what would have been the main shrine, is still relatively intact; there’s the remains of an outer enclosure wall and very long causeway but what saves the site for the casual visitor is probably the setting with the wooded hills behind forming a picturesque backdrop.
Check out the full post and more pictures here.
A travel piece on Vat Phou, one of the earliest Angkor temples located Laos.
Vat Phou in Laos, Stuff.co.nz 20111018
Vat Phou temple’s ancient history
Stuff.co.nz, 18 October 2011
A travel piece from the Bangkok post about traveling in Southern Laos – some of the ancient features being the Angkorian temples of Vat Phou and Vat Oum Muong.
Vat Phou, Bangkok Post 20110602
The charms of Champasak
Bangkok Post, 02 June 2011
Vat Phou, a Khmer temple in Laos, is set to be renovated with the help of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Vat Phou, Laos. Wikicommons image
India to renovate 11th century Shiva Temple in Laos [Link no longer available]
Laos News.net, via ANI, 10 September 2010
This week’s rojak features the dying tradition of gong tuning in Vietnam, and a case of stolen tradition in a spat between Indonesia and Malaysia. And a special treat for those who missed the Hobbit Symposium earlier this year.
photo credit: roktobaren
… the meanwhile edition. Meanwhile? Yes, while much of the focus this past two weeks have been about the inscribing of the new World Heritage sites (including George Town, Malacca and Preah Vihear), life goes on in other parts of Southeast Asia.
photo credit: RabunWarna
06 October 2007 (Newindpress) – If there’s such a thing as universal appeal in Southeast Asia, it’s gotta be the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Drs M. and S. Krishnasamy write about how the influence of epic of Rama manifests itself in the countries of Southeast Asia.
A Sea view of Rama
Dr S Krishnaswamy and Dr Mohana Krishnaswamy
We are at the tail end of a fascinating journey through history, in a time machine that took us back 2500 years, and often brought us back and forth to the 21st Century. We made several trips in 2006 â€” first, for research and then for filming a television documentary serial titled Indian Imprints to be telecast on Doordarshanâ€™s national network. It deals with the impact of ancient Indian culture on Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. This â€œepisodeâ€ is devoted to Rama as perceived in SEA (â€˜South East Asiaâ€™, not the Sea at Palk Straight, which is making waves).